T. J. Zeuch

T. J. Zeuch
Toronto Blue Jays
Born: (1995-08-01) August 1, 1995
Mason, Ohio
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Timothy James Zeuch (born August 1, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He played college baseball for the Pittsburgh Panthers, and was drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft. He is ranked 15th on Major League Baseball's 2018 Top 30 Blue Jays prospects list.[1]

High school and college

Zeuch attended Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 31st round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign and attended the University of Pittsburgh to play college baseball for the Panthers.[2][3]

As a freshman at Pittsburgh in 2014, Zeuch appeared in 15 games and made nine starts. He pitched to a 2–6 win–loss record with a 2.75 earned run average (ERA) and 41 strikeouts. As a sophomore, he started 14 games, going 5–6 with a 3.87 ERA and 90 strikeouts. Zeuch missed the first month of his junior year due to a strained groin.[4][5] He finished the year with a 6–1 record, 3.10 ERA, and 74 strikeouts in 6923 innings.[6]

Professional career

Minor leagues

Zeuch was considered a top prospect heading into the 2016 draft, and was selected 21st overall by the Toronto Blue Jays.[7] He signed with the Blue Jays on June 17 for $2.175 million,[8][9] and was assigned to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. Zeuch made his professional debut on July 9, striking out two and not allowing a baserunner in three innings, before being promoted to the Short Season-A Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League on July 13.[10][11] On August 29, Zeuch was promoted to the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts.[12] He finished the season with a combined 0–2 record, 4.50 ERA, and 38 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched.[10] Zeuch was assigned to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays for the 2017 season. He battled injuries that limited him to just 6523 innings, and finished the season with a 3–6 record, 3.56 ERA, and 51 strikeouts.[10]

Zeuch started the 2018 season in Dunedin, where he went 3–3 with a 3.47 ERA before being promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.[10] On June 4 he pitched the first shutout.[13]

Personal life

Zeuch is the son of Tim and Lisa Zeuch.[14] His father played in the Kansas City Royals organization, pitching in two games in 1980.[15][16]


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  9. Nicholson-Smith, Ben (June 17, 2016). "Blue Jays to sign first-round draft pick T.J. Zeuch". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
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  12. Goldberg-Strassler, Jesse (August 29, 2016). "Lugnuts welcome 2016 first-rounder Zeuch". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  13. Wilson, Mike (June 4, 2018). "T.J. Zeuch throws first career shutout with Blue Jays' Double-A affiliate". cardiachill.com. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  14. "T.J. Zeuch Bio". pittsburghpanthers.com. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  15. Davidi, Shi (June 12, 2016). "Blue Jays minimize risk with emphasis on college draft picks". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
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